Stereo Music Demonstration Record by Radio Shack

Stereo Music Demonstration Record by Radio Shack

I recently mentioned on the Retroist that it’s hard to explain what kinds of records I collect, only that “I know it when I see it.” When I saw this one, I knew it. From 1977 this is the “Stereo Music Demonstration Record,” recorded by Capitol Records for Radio Shack as a hi-fidelity demonstration record. I’ve heard about this record but had never seen one before, and I’m having a tough time finding out much information about it on the internet. I’m not sure if these were sold, used in stores to demonstrate stereo equipment, or possibly both.

For being 35 years old, the record itself was in very good condition and still plays great. If any of my friends who have only been exposed to mono music come over to visit, I will be sure to put this record on the turntable and wow their ears off with the multiple tracks of stereo music contained on this record.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hey Rob – I have a few “Realistic” records. Look on the spine for a number that looks like a 50-XXXX. That’s the Radio Shack item number. Each category in an RS store has a 2-digit category followed by a 3 or 4 digit item number.

    For instance, Speakers are 40-XXXX; Receivers are 31-XXXX; Turntables are 42-XXXX; Scanners (remember those?) are 20-XXXX

    Records are, I guess 50-XXXX. They don’t seem to appear in catalogs, but I’m sure they were for sale. If they had an item number, they had a price assigned to them.

  2. Ha Ha! I was planning to point out that I may be the only person here that is jealous of you for having this. Guess I was wrong. My RS collection just keeps growing, but this is one thing I haven’t run across yet. Nice find!!

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